As you may know, based on the history I've shared about my paternal grandmother Anne Magee Geraghty, close to the end of her life, and as a result of diabetes, Anne was blind. While I count myself very fortunate for not having inherited diabetes, recently I received a diagnosis from my ophthamologist which indicated that if I did not have surgery I was in danger of losing my eyesight. In addition to being researchers, many of us are writers and photographers, and our eyesight is so very important to us. Honestly, because I had lost my dad to cancer I thought that I might have to face something like that at some point, but I never imagined that I could lose my eyesight. Every day since my diagnosis I have found myself staring at the most mundane things wondering what it would be like if I could no longer see, and truth be told, it terrifies me.
Yesterday I asked Carol at Reflections from the Fence if she would include me in her prayers. Of course she said yes, and, while respecting my desire for anonymity at that time, invited others to join in. I have never met Carol in person, but I can honestly say I love her for her generosity and positive attitude about everything she faces in life. I am so grateful for these prayers that I do not have the words to adequately express my gratitude to you for them. Thank You seems so inadequate, but I Thank You so very much.
This morning I met with a second specialist for a second opinion, and although the outcome is the same and I still must have the procedure (it's now scheduled for July 5), I feel more comfortable with this physician, and know that I am going to get the best possible outcome he can give me.
If anything good can come out of this it is to encourage everyone to have an eye exam. I'd never had any sort of trouble with my vision, other than the typical reading glasses that came along once I hit my late thirties, so I encourage everyone to visit their eye doctor just to make sure things are okay. There's no certainty about what's ahead for me, just as I guess there's no certainty for any of us, but I'm going to stay positive, and keep looking at and taking in everything this wonderful world has to offer.
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